Low-noise projections of complex simulator output: A useful tool when checking for code errors

JC Rougier, TL Edwards, M Collins, DMH Sexton

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Abstract

A natural strategy to check for errors in a complex code, such as a computer simulator of weather or climate, is to make physically meaningful perturbations in the simulator parameters, and compare the results of the simulator runs against intuition. Such a strategy must balance the competing demands for CPU cycles of (i) performing many perturbations, and (ii) using long time-averages to suppress the effect of simulator noise. This paper proposes a mathematical solution which can be use to sharpen the perturbation signal in a given ensemble, namely to project the simulator output onto the column-space of linear combinations that maximise the signal-to-noise ratio. There are more refined approaches, but ours is easy to understand and to compute.
Translated title of the contributionLow-noise projections of complex simulator output: A useful tool when checking for code errors
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorkshop on Representing Model Uncertainty and Error in Numerical Weather and Climate Prediction Models
PublisherECMWF
Pages209 - 220
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Bibliographical note

Conference Organiser: ECMWF

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